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Service Learning Advisory Board Bylaws

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Service Learning Advisory Board

The La Salle University Service Learning Advisory Board provides strategic direction and guidance to the University on issues related to service learning including pedagogy, partnership, practice and administration.

The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs appoints at least one faculty member from each of the schools to serve on the Service Learning Advisory Board for a term of three years. The Faculty Senate appoints one rotating member for a term of three years. The Service Learning Advisory Board invites at a minimum one community member to the Board for a term of three years. The Service Learning Advisory Board invites undergraduate students to the Board for a term of one year via two processes: one via nomination directed by the Students’ Government Association and the other via an internal process based on consultation with faculty teaching service learning courses. Standing members serve as a result of their assigned duties.

 

For Advisory Board Use

Service Learning Advisory Board Membership

The Service Learning Advisory Board will include between 11-13 members with varying backgrounds to promote, conduct and review effective, well-resourced, mission-focused service learning coursework and related activities on the La Salle University campus.

The Service Learning Advisory Board will include the following (note that members can assume more than one role):

  1. One faculty person from the School of Arts and Sciences
  2. One faculty person from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  3. One faculty person from the School of Business
  4. One Faculty Senate-appointee
  5. Representative from at least one, and preferably two, community partners
  6. Representation from at least one, and preferably two, undergraduate student representatives
  7. The Director of University Ministry and Service (or her/his delegate)
  8. The (Co) Director of the Leadership and Global Understanding Program
  9. The Vice President for Mission (or her/his delegate)
  10. The Director of the Greater Philadelphia Initiative
  11. The Director of Service Learning

Members 1-6 serve as rotating members.  Members 7-11 serve as standing members. Advisory Board members will be in sufficient number and type to ensure that compositional requirements are met and that the Advisory Board can achieve a quorum of two-thirds of the board at its meetings. The Advisory Board will meet at least once each semester.

 

Functions  

  1. Participate in Advisory Board meetings.
  2. Vet proposed courses for the service learning course designation.
  3. Serve as liaisons to schools, departments, and programs on issues related to service learning.
  4. Serve as advocates of service learning pedagogy and promote service learning as an academic resource on campus.
  5. Provide suggestions and feedback to strengthen and deepen the institution’s commitment to authentic, evidence-based service learning.
  6. Serve as a resource for faculty seeking to implement service learning into their courses and problem-solving issues related to service learning.
  7. Vet potential community partners.
  8. Discuss, interpret and provide recommendations based on data, evaluations, and reporting on service learning.

 

Relationship Between the Service Learning Advisory Board and School and University Based Curriculum Committees

The Service Learning Advisory Board vets proposed courses for the service learning designation.  In this function, it works within the established guidelines for course approval processes.

When a faculty member proposes a new course with a service learning component for which s/he desires the service learning designation, the process is as follows: the faculty member develops the new course with the service-learning component; the home department reviews/approves the new course with the service learning component according to departmental protocol; the Service-Learning Advisory Board Reviews/Approves the course; the home school Curriculum Committee Home reviews/approves; the other schools’ Curriculum Committees review/approve; there is an FYI sent to the University Curriculum Committee, the Registrar and the Deans’ Offices. Ideally, the faculty member will approach the Service Learning Advisory Board and/or the Service Learning Advisory Board Chair for consultation as s/he is developing the course in order to benefit from advice and/or recommendations.

When a faculty member proposes a service learning component to an existing course and desires the service learning designation, the process is as follows: the faculty member develops the service learning component to the existing course; the home department reviews/approves the service learning component according to departmental protocol; the Service Learning Advisory Board reviews/approves; the Director of Service Learning notifies the Registrar and the Deans’ Offices.  Ideally, the faculty member will approach the Service Learning Advisory Board and/or the Service Learning Advisory Board Chair for consultation as s/he is developing the course in order to benefit from advice and/or recommendations.

 

Service Learning Advisory Board Faculty Member Appointment

In addition to appointing the Service Learning Advisory Board Chair, the Provost will appoint at least three faculty, one from each of the three schools, to serve on the Service Learning Advisory Board. The Service Learning Advisory Board Chair will announce a call for nominations specific to the open membership position. After consulting with their chair and dean, the interested party will submit their name to the Service Learning Advisory Board Chair for consideration. The Service Learning Advisory Board Chair will consult with the Provost regarding membership nominations. The Provost will appoint faculty to serve as Advisory Board members. Each faculty member’s term will be three years. At the conclusion of a member’s defined term, the Provost, in consultation with the deans, Director of Service Learning, and members of the Service Learning Advisory Board, may re-appoint the member for one additional consecutive term.

 

Service Learning Advisory Board Faculty Senate Member Appointment

The Faculty Senate will appoint one rotating member to the Service Learning Advisory Board. The member will be appointed based on the faculty member’s selection of the Service Learning Advisory Board as her/his committee assignment and her/his fit with Advisory Board member qualifications and requirements.  The member’s term will be three years. At the conclusion of a member’s defined term, the Faculty Senate may re-appoint the member for one or more additional consecutive term(s).

 

Service Learning Advisory Board Community Partner Member Appointment

The Service Learning Advisory Board will invite at a minimum one community member to the Board, with a preference for multiple members. Community partners should represent different community agencies and organizations and have experience working with La Salle on service-learning and/or community-based endeavors. The member’s term will be three years. At the conclusion of a member’s defined term, the Service Learning Advisory Board may re-invite the member for one or more additional consecutive term(s).

 

Service Learning Advisory Board Student Appointment

The Service Learning Advisory Board will invite undergraduate students to the Board via two processes: one via a nomination process directed by the Student Government Association and the other via an internal process which will include consultation with faculty teaching service learning courses. The members’ term will be one year. The student members should be undergraduate student with experience taking a service learning or community-based learning course. At the conclusion of a member’s defined term, the Service Learning Advisory Board may re-invite the member for one or more additional consecutive term(s), pending consultation with the Student Government Association and Board members.

 

Service Learning Advisory Board Member Qualifications and Requirements

All members will be appropriately qualified by education and/or professional experience to serve in their particular Advisory Board role and membership category. One member may satisfy more than one membership category. Selection of members to the Service Learning Advisory Board will take into account the following qualifications and requirements:

Service-Learning Advisory Board members will be:

  • Committed to the University’s mission “to maintain a heightened sensitivity to those marginalized within society as [community members] practice civic engagement, provide leadership with a global perspective, and contribute to the common good” through service learning.
  • Committed to and knowledgeable about the definition of and criteria for authentic service learning.
  • Knowledgeable about best practices in service learning pedagogy and administration.
  • Knowledgeable of La Salle University policies.
  • Representative of the University community, including in terms of race, gender, and cultural backgrounds, if they are faculty members, students or staff.
  • Experienced in incorporating service learning pedagogy into their teaching if they are faculty.
  • Competent professionally to review service learning activities.

 

Service Learning Advisory Board Assessment

Supported by the Director of Assessment, the Service Learning Advisory Board will participate in a periodic self-assessment in an effort to evaluate its progress, efficiency, and effectiveness.  This review will include an assessment of individual members as well as the collective. If it is determined that its work would be strengthened by changes in membership or responsibilities, it will plan and implement recommendations that surface through the assessment.

 

Announcing New Service Learning Advisory Board Members

The Provost will make a campus-wide announcement regarding the appointment of new members on the Service Learning Advisory Board. The Service Learning Advisory Board Chair will announce the appointment of a new Advisory Board member at a meeting of the Advisory Board. Membership will also be updated via the Service Learning Advisory Board Canvas site and the Portal.

 

Resignation from the Service Learning Advisory Board

An Advisory Board member may resign by submitting his/her resignation to the Service Learning Advisory Board Chair. 

All members are voting members.

 

Role of the Service Learning Advisory Board Chair

The coordination of the membership, activities, communications, and other administrative details of the Service Learning Advisory Board are the responsibility of the Service Learning Advisory Board Chair.

Appointment and Term

Unless otherwise indicated, the Director of Service Learning will serve as Chair. If the Director of Service Learning is unable to serve as Chair, the Provost will consult with representative faculty and/or staff regarding Board leadership.

 

Reporting Structure

The Service Learning Advisory Board Chair will report to the Provost and Vice President of Faculty and Academic Affairs

 

Responsibilities of the Service Learning Advisory Board Chair

  1. Convene and lead regular Service Learning Advisory Board meetings.
  2. Convene and lead special Service Learning Advisory Board subcommittee meetings as necessary.
  3. Sign correspondence for the La Salle Service Learning Advisory Board.
  4. Coordinate Service Learning Advisory Board members to perform duties as appropriate.
  5. Make, review, confirm and communicate decisions regarding approval of service learning courses to faculty, Registrar and deans’ offices.
  6. Assist in the development and review of La Salle Service Learning Advisory Board policies, procedures, and forms.
  7. Relate concerns of La Salle Service Learning Advisory Board staff and members to La Salle University administrators regarding issues concerning service learning.
  8. Coordinate and implement plans for promoting faculty adoption of service-learning pedagogy.
  9. Help secure faculty development funding either through the budget process or grant applications.
  10. Orient new Service Learning Advisory Board members.
  11. Keep a current roster of Service Learning Advisory Board membership and review the roster to ensure that membership meets all requirements.
  12. Participate in review/revision and maintain updated versions of relevant Service Learning Advisory Board policies and procedures.

 

Service Learning Advisory Board Chair Resignation

The Service Learning Advisory Board Chair may resign from her/his position upon notice to the Provost. The Service Learning Advisory Board Chair will specify an effective date in her/his resignation. The Provost will appoint an interim or permanent replacement Service Learning Advisory Board Chair to begin service upon the effective date of the Service Learning Advisory Board Chair’s resignation. The Service Learning Advisory Board Chair’s resignation, as well as the appointment of any interim or permanent successor, will be announced by the Provost.